Deirdre Mullins

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Deirdre Mullins is an Irish film, television & theatre actor and director. In 2017, she won a Scottish BAFTA for Best Actress in Film for The Dark Mile.[1] She is best known for playing series regular Naomi in Channel 4's Man Down[2] opposite Greg Davies and Rik Mayall. Man Down was nominated for Best New Comedy Programme[3] in the British Comedy Awards 2014. Notable theatre roles include Rosalind[4] in As You Like It[5] at Shakespeare's Globe,[6] Lika, in Marina Carr's 16 Possible Glimpses[7] at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin and Jessie Taite in Seán O'Casey's The Silver Tassie at the National Theatre.[8]

Her directing debut, a production of Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses, was set in a hotel swimming pool and won her rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe 2006 including The Scotsman's top 5 shows to see at the Fringe.[9][10] It was in Time Out's top 3 shows at the Fringe;[11] giving it 5 stars, Rachel Halliburton said 'This is the kind of unexpected discovery that critics live for at Edinburgh'.[12] A decade later, Mullins directed her second show, an experimental new play by Bea Roberts, Infinity Pool, which won a Toast of the Fringe Award[13] at Plymouth Fringe Festival and went on to enjoy a place on The Guardian's list of recommended shows at the Edinburgh Fringe & International Festival 2016. The critic Lyn Gardner described it as 'painfully funny'[14] and giving it 5 stars from The Stage, Stewart Pringle said it was 'utterly unique and exceptional in every way, it's a heart-breaking story of a stunted life, told with theatrical verve and palpable compassion'.[15] It was short-listed for the highly prestigious Total Theatre Award.[16]

Mullins was continuity announcer for ITV3 from Dec 2012 – Dec 2013. Her most recent audio drama work includes playing Mina opposite Mark Gatiss in Dracula by Big Finish Productions.[17]

She is a core committee member of ERA 50:50,[18] a campaign calling for equal representation of women on screen & stage and made an impassioned speech about it when picking up her BAFTA (Scotland).[19][20]

Mullins was head girl at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Dublin. She read Drama & Theatre Studies at Trinity College Dublin before transferring and finishing with a first class degree in English Literature at the University of St Andrews, Scotland in 2006. She trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School from 2006 to 2008[21] and now lives in London.

Film and television[edit]

Year Title Role Production Company Notes
2009 Hard Times Kate Feature Productions (UK) Ltd dir Tom Reeve
2009 De Troon (The Throne) Joanna Lemming Film dir Erik de Bruyn
2009 Ashes to Ashes Nurse BBC1 dir Catherine Morshead
2010 Midsomer Murders Libby Morris Bentley Productions/ITV1 dir Richard Holthouse
2011 Whitechapel Heather Green Carnival Films/ITV Series 3, Episode 4, dir Richard Clark
2011 Trivia Grainne (regular) Grand Pictures/RTE dir Tom Hall
2012 The Best Possible Taste BBC Receptionist Mammoth/BBC 4 dir James Strong
2013 Man Down Naomi (regular) Avalon/Channel 4 dir Matt Lipsey
2013 Vikings Peasant Woman Take 5 Productions/World 2000/History Channel dir Ken Girotti
2013 Breathless Diana Fairfax ITV dir Marek Losey
2013 Doctors Chrissie Welsh BBC dir Jordan Hogg
2014 My Name Is Emily Emily's Mother Hurricane Films dir Simon FitzMaurice
2014 Inspector George Gently Valerie Cullen Company Pictures/BBC2 dir Roger Goldby
2015 The Frankenstein Chronicles Agnes Marlott ITV Encore dir Benjamin Ross
2016 Father Brown Bebe Fontaine BBC1 Episode 4.1 "The Mask of the Demon" dir Paul Gibson
2016 Tank 432 (aka The Belly of the Bulldog) Sarah Karlsson The APC Tank Films Ltd dir Nick Gillespie
2017 Otzi & the Mystery of Time Helena Onemore Pictures dir Gabriele Pignotta
2017 Will Anne Shakespeare TNT written by Craig Pearce
2017 The Dark Mile Claire Bridge Project One dir Gary Love – won a Scottish BAFTA for best actress in film
2018 The Romanoffs Natalie Burrows Amazon Studios dir Matthew Weiner
2019 Flack Janet Hat Trick Productions dir George Kane
2020 The Christmas Ball Clare MarVista Entertainment/Headlong Entertainment dir Amy Barrett
2020 The Drowning Kate Element Pictures/Unstoppable Entertainment dir Carolina Giammetta
2020 Miss Scarlet and the Duke Tabitha Butler A + E Studios dir Declan O'Dwyer

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Theatre Director
2008 Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare Viola Redgrave Theatre John Hartoch
2008 A Month in the Country by Ivan Turgenev (trans. Brian Friel) Lizaveta Tobacco Factory Theatre Sue Wilson
2009 Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare Mariana Thelma Holt Ltd/Theatre Royal, Plymouth Jamie Glover
2009 The 24 Hour Plays: Old Vic New Voices Actor The Old Vic Alice Lacey
2011 Old Vic 24 Hour Plays Celebrity Gala Actor The Old Vic Alexander Ferris
2011 16 Possible Glimpses (world premier) by Marina Carr Lika Abbey Theatre Wayne Jordan
2011 A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare Helena Headlong Natalie Abrahami
2012 As You Like It by William Shakespeare Rosalind Shakespeare's Globe James Dacre
2013 The Man Who Pays The Piper by GB Stern Daryll Orange Tree Theatre Helen Leblique
2014 The Silver Tassie by Seán O'Casey Jessie Taite Lyttelton, National Theatre Howard Davies

Radio[edit]

Year Title Role Channel Notes
2009 Cavity Jemma BBC Radio 4 dir Alison Crawford
2009 The Lake Reader BBC Radio 4 dir Sarah Blunt
2011 Positive Tess BBC Radio 4 dir Sara Davies
2017 The Cold God of Bad Luck by Colin Barrett Reader BBC Radio 4 prod Duncan Minshull
2019 The Country Girls by Edna O'Brien Martha BBC Radio 4 dir Sally Avens & Jessica Dromgoole
2020 For the Love of Leo Mary Grace BBC Radio 4 dir Marilyn Imrie

Audio Drama[edit]

Year Title Role Production Company Notes
2015 The Confessions of Dorian Gray Scarlet Moore Big Finish Productions dir Scott Handcock
2015 Dracula Mina Harker Big Finish Productions dir Scott Handcock
2016 Doctor Who – The Very Dark Thing Admiral Effenish Big Finish Productions dir Scott Handcock
2016 Charlotte Pollard Naomi Big Finish Productions dir Nicholas Briggs
2017 The Prisoner S2 Number 2 Big Finish Productions dir Nicholas Briggs
2017 Hamlet Ophelia Big Finish Productions dir Scott Handcock
2017 Doctor Who – The War Master Osen Big Finish Productions dir Scott Handcock
2018 Cicero Vitellia Big Finish Productions dir Scott Handcock (Nominated for Best Audio Drama 2018 Audie Awards)[22]
2018 Class – Gifted Mab Big Finish Productions dir Scott Handcock
2019 Doctor Who – Feast of Fear The Spae Wife Big Finish Productions dir Scott Handcock
2019 Torchwood – Serenity Kelly Big Finish Productions dir Scott Handcock
2020 Doctor Who – The Headless Ones Amanda Latimer Big Finish Productions dir Scott Handcock

References[edit]

  1. ^ BAFTA Scotland website
  2. ^ Interview with Greg Davies about playing Naomi in Man Down
  3. ^ British Comedy Awards website
  4. ^ Interview in Irish Independent about As You Like It
  5. ^ Interview in Irish Examiner about As You Like It
  6. ^ As You Like It on Shakespeare's Globe website
  7. ^ "16 Possible Glimpses info, pics, trailer on the Abbey Theatre website". Archived from the original on 25 June 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  8. ^ Profile on the National Theatre website Archived 12 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "British Theatre Guide's 5 Star review of Metamorphoses". Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  10. ^ Edinburgh Guide review of Metamorphoses
  11. ^ Time Out's Fringe Favourites 2006
  12. ^ Rachel Halliburton's review of Metamorphoses for Timeout[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ Plymouth Fringe website
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  16. ^ [3]
  17. ^ [4]
  18. ^ ERA 50:50 website
  19. ^ BAFTA speech about ERA 50:50[non-primary source needed]
  20. ^ Interview in The Guardian about the ERA 50:50 campaign
  21. ^ List of graduates from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School since 1984 Archived 8 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  22. ^ "Audie Award website". Archived from the original on 10 May 2018. Retrieved 9 May 2018.

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